How to Take the GED For Free: LIBRE Institute’s High School Diploma Initiative
Take a moment to review the following statistics on the reasons why someone may be interested in obtaining a GED:
|Reasons for obtaining a GED credential
|Meet requirements for additional study
|Train for a new job/career
|Improve/ keep up to date on current job
|Improve basic reading/writing/math skills
|Required or encouraged by employer
|For personal/family/social reasons
Source: National Center of Education Statistics.
The General Educational Development Test (GED) has become a minimum requirement for most jobs. But passing the test is a big struggle for around 700,000 of the adults who take it each year for economic reasons.
The GED test consists of four modules; each module costs $32 in the state of Florida. While there are many eager adults who wish to obtain a GED can
not because they cannot afford to take the test. Luckily, The LIBRE Institute has partnered with Essential Education to create the High School Diploma Initiative (HSDI).
GED statistics in Florida, year 2012.
Available to residents of Miami and Orlando, the HSDI offers a free online GED® prep course to those selected to participate. Students will also receive a voucher to take the GED® test upon successful completion of the program.
Students interested in applying for the program or finding out more information can do so at: http://academy.thelibreinstitute.org/hsdi/.
September 20 – 26 is Adult and Family Literacy Week. AEFL week is recognized by the U.S. Congress. You can view the Senate Resolution now.
Why Should We Raise Awareness of Adult and Family Literacy?
Consider the following statistics:
- According to ProLiteracy research, only 29% of adults over the age of 16 read at the eighth grade level1 and 36 million American adults cannot read well enough to fill out a job application. Low literacy rates are linked to poverty, unemployment, crime, and higher health care costs.
- The lastest NCHEMS Information Center Educational Attainment Survey shows that Florida has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation, with 87% percent of adults between the ages of 25 to 34 obtaining a high school diploma.
- A 2010 Study by the NIH showed that “a mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.
Statistics like these mean that issues of adult and family literacy should remain a part of our national conversation. Special events like International Literacy Day and AEFL Week help to keep adult literacy issues at the forefront.
How Can I Promote AEFL Week?
NCL. (n.d.). National Coalition for Literacy – family Literacy facts. Retrieved 9 23, 2015, from National Coalition for Literacy: http://national-coalition-literacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FamilyLiteracyFactSheetfromNCFL.pdf
ProLiteracy. (n.d.). ProLiteracy – The Crisis – Adult Literacy Facts. Retrieved 9 23, 2015, from http://www.proliteracy.org/the-crisis/adult-literacy-facts
Governor Rick Scott recently signed a proclamation recognizing September as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month! Take advantage of this month to promote literacy in your community. See below for events and celebration ideas!
Great Ways to Participate:
- Florida State Parks is helping to promote literacy by creating a month of family friendly special events centered on reading. You can visit the Florida State Parks Events page to find an event near you.
- Help inspire prospective students and educators by sharing your literacy success stories with us so that we can share them with the community at large. Click here to submit.
- Become a literacy volunteer and help change lives. If you can read, you can help! Call us at our hotline for more information about volunteering in your community at 1 (800) 237-5113 or visit our Directory of Volunteer Opportunities to find a volunteering opportunity near you.
- Create your own event by making the most out of the ProLiteracy International Literacy Day Toolkit’s suggested activities guide.
- Browse teaching resources on the Teaching Resources sub-reddit or join a discussion in any of the education themed forums. For a list of relevant sub-reddits, please visit our page at Florida Literacy and see the sidebar on the right side of the page.
- Share this informative graphic by UNESCO with your community on social media.
Colt Creek State park is hosting a Literacy Day Celebration on September 13th.